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Ernest William Hamblyn

Ernest Hamblyn

Ernest William Hamblyn was born in Plymouth, Devon, England in late 1865. He was the son of William Harper Hamblyn (b. 1840), a tailor, and Cecilia Bawden (b. 1841), Devon-natives who had married in Stonehouse in 1862.

Ernest had four known siblings: Laura Jane (b. 1867), Annie Maud (b. 1870), George Stanley (b. 1873) and Celia (b. 1876).

Ernest first appears on the 1871 census when he and his family were living in Adelaide Street in East Stonehouse, Devon. The family moved to Southampton around 1873 and appear on the 1881 census living at 2 Compton Walk, St Mary. Ernest has already left school and is working as an apprentice to an organ builder. Ernest was not present on the 1891 census, perhaps at sea, when his family were living at 14 St Mary's Road, Southampton.

Ernest was married later in 1891 to Lily Swan (b. 1869 in Aldershot, Hampshire). The couple would have a total of seven children: Percy George (1892-1964), twins Ernest (1895-1972) and William (1895-1976), Gladys Lilian (1898-1982), Laura Cecilia (1902-1907), Archibald James (1905-1975) and Stanley Arthur (1907-1984).

On the 1901 census Ernest and his family are resident at 2 Dyers Road, Shirley and he is described as a marine storekeeper. Absent from the 1911 census, Ernest's family would be now living at 2 Norman Villas, Dyer Road, Freemantle.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Hamblyn gave his address as 2 Norman Villas, Dyer Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Ernest Hamblyn died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

His estate, valued at £320, was administered not to his widow but a man named Henry Archibald Bayley Jamieson (1870-1935), a journalist and husband of his sister Laura Jane.

Ernest's widow never remarried and died in Winchester in 1939.

References and Sources

Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)

Newspaper Articles

Surrey Advertiser and County Times (20 April 1912) Other passengers

Graves and Memorials

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  1. Steve Coombes

    From an old crew list I have this person, aged 41 in 1912 as possibly of Devon. I can't find anything on him on ET. Any ideas?

  2. Brandon Whited

    This may be a longshot, but perhaps the paper got his last, or perhaps even his first, name wrong. Newspapers have a tendency to misspell names. This is just an idea.

  3. Bob Godfrey

    Good thinking, Brandon. Probably this is Ernest William Hamblyn, a 2nd Class bedroom steward and a Devon man (born in Galmpton Warborough).

  4. Brandon Whited

    With the only difference being one letter, I would say that Hamblyn is definitely the man mentioned in the paper.

  5. Dave Gittins

    The man was certainly called Hamblyn. No crew list is a good as the original, which still exists in Britain's Public Record Office. Here's his signature. He gave a Southampton address, but he may originally have come from Devon.

  6. Steve Coombes

    Bob, Dave & Brandon Thanks for your interest. I have now found Ernest Hamblyn on UK 1901 census, born Plymouth 1871 and in 1901 in Shirley, Soton described as a marine store keeper. I will now work on his early life. Thanks again. Steve

  7. eric hooper

    eric hooper

    ive just registered as a member after reading this thread ernest hamblyn was my great grand father any extra info i can pass on or receive would be great regards eric

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Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Ernest William Hamblyn
Age: 47 years (Male)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to Lily Swan
Last Residence: at 2 Norman Villas, Dyer Road, Shirley Southampton, Hampshire, England
Last Ship: Olympic
Embarked: Southampton on Thursday 4th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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